CFMoto 650MT Vs Kawasaki Versys 650: Spec Comparison

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  • Apr 5, 2019
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Here’s how the upcoming 650MT stacks up against the Kawasaki Versys 650 on paper


There have been numerous spy pictures floating around the internet which gives us a glimpse of what the entire CFMoto lineup looks like. The company’s initial plans include launching the 300NK alongside its mid-displacement 650NK and 650MT this May. Read all about it here. While the first two are sports naked bikes, the 650MT is an adventurer tourer which will take on the Versys 650, a bike that’s been fending off the competition with ease until now. Can the CFMoto 650MT put up a good fight and challenge the crown that currently belongs to the Versys 650? Let’s find out.



  CFMoto 650MT Kawasaki Versys 650
Displacement (cm³) 649.3cc 649cc
Type Parallel-twin, liquid-cooled Parallel-twin, liquid-cooled
Bore & Stroke 83.0mm×60.0mm 83.0mm×60.0mm
Max. Power Output 70.7PS @ 8,750rpm 69PS @ 8,500rpm
Max. Torque 62Nm @ 7000rpm 64N.m @ 7,000rpm
Transmission Type 6-speed 6-speed
Fuel Tank Capacity 18-litres 21-litres
Kerb Weight 213kg 216kg

At a glance, the two engines may look similar and as a matter of fact, they are! You see, the CFMoto 650MT's engine is heavily inspired by the Kawasaki’s 650cc unit, so-much-so that the bore and stroke figures are the same. However, the 650MT puts out a wee bit more power higher up the rev range compared to the Versys 650.

While we are yet to test out how the motor on the 650MT behaves, we do know a lot about the one on the Versys. Power delivery is linear and friendly. You have good drive lower down the rev range. Its peppy motor dishes out 2Nm of torque more than the 650MT. This could help the Versys cut down any disadvantage it has over the MT thanks to it being 3kg heavier.




  CFMoto 650MT Kawasaki Versys 650
Length 2150mm 2165mm
Width 835mm 840mm
Height 1332mm 1400mm
Wheelbase 1415mm 1415mm
Seat Height 840mm 840mm
Ground Clearance 170mm 170mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 18-litres 15-litres
Kerb Weight 213kg 216kg

When compared through pictures, the 650MT looks visually bigger than the Versys 650. However, on paper, it's a totally different story. It is, in fact, the more compact motorcycle of the two. Both bikes share the same seat height and ground clearance, which could prove to be a hurdle for vertically challenged riders. Although, a smaller fuel tank on the CFMoto helps it keep the weight down.



Chassis & components:

  CFMoto 650MT Kawasaki Versys 650
Chassis Perimeter frame Diamond Frame
Front Suspension 43mm USD forks 41mm USD forks with adjustable rebound damping (right-side) and adjustable preload (left-side)
Rear Suspension Monoshock with preload and rebound damping adjustments Monoshock with preload adjustability
Front Brake Twin 300mm discs Twin 300mm petal discs
Rear Brake 240mm disc 250mm petal disc
Front Tyre 120/70ZR17 120/70ZR17
Rear Tyre 160/60ZR17M 160/60ZR17M
ABS Dual-channel Dual-channel

Both the bikes are similarly kitted out in terms of mechanicals. However, the Versys 650 has the upper hand thanks to its adjustable front suspension setup. In essence, riders can tweak the bike’s suspension according to the terrain or to suit their riding style, which is something the 650MT misses out on.

The braking setup on both bikes may look similar, but the Kawasaki gets petal discs which are better at heat dissipation and in turn should provide better feel and bite. Last but not the least, the tyres. The Kawasaki Versys 650 we tested came shod with road-biased Dunlops, which didn’t feel up to the mark. On the other hand, the CFMoto 650MT which was spotted testing was equipped with Metzelers that are known to be a lot more grippier on the road. So we could expect the latter to be a better handler compared to the Versys 650. That said, neither of the bikes are proper off-roaders. In fact, both are road-biased motorcycles with alloys wheels. So if we were you, we wouldn’t push these bikes off the beaten path.

If you’re looking for an off-road oriented adventure tourer, you could consider the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT. To find you how it fared against the Versys 650, click here.



Ex-showroom Price:

CFMoto 650MT Kawasaki Versys 650
Expected Rs 5.5 lakh Rs 6.69 lakh

It’s no news that the Kawasaki Versys 650 is the benchmark in the mid-displacement adventure touring segment. And with the kind of equipment the bike offers, it makes for a pretty good value-for-money proposition. However, the 650MT isn’t far behind and is on par with its Japanese rival on most instances. If CFMoto manages to price the bike between Rs 6.2 lakh - Rs 6.5 lakh, it could give the Versys a run for its money.

Add Your Comments

  • Rajesh | 2 months ago This could have been a 3 cylinder like its cousins in US and Europe. Good that we are able to see multi-cylinder. 0 Reply
    Abhilash | 2 months ago Versys 650 has 21ltr tank instead of 15ltr. Get your facts straight. 1 Reply
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